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Blake Connolly1,793 posts since 21 Apr 2001
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And here's the full announcement: https://newsroom.bt.com/bt-wins-exclusive-rights-to-uefa-champions-league-uefa-europa-league-and-uefa-europa-conference-league-until-2024/

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BT Sport will remain the exclusive home of all top flight European club football until 2024, it was confirmed today. BT have secured the rights to all 420 games of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and the new UEFA Europa Conference League, for a further three seasons. This represents an increase of 77 games from the previous deal, and includes highlights and in-match clips, and commences in 2021.
Last edited by Blake Connolly on 15 November 2019 10:14am
DVB Cornwall8,526 posts since 4 Dec 2003
Westcountry Spotlight
I must admit, even as a great supporter of BTTV, this came as an enormous, yet welcome surprise. I was stealing myself to hear that Sky had won the auction. This makes me wonder whether after a number of major losses, such as Scottish Football, FA Cup and WTA tennis, BT have turned around and are about to begin an aggressive fight for rights in 2020 and beyond. Of course a lot depends on what we discover in four weeks time but this greatly encourages me going forward.

BT reportedly are to update their hardware in early 2020 so the technical advances haven't stopped yet.
Jon8,044 posts since 11 Apr 2005
Central (West) Midlands Today
I must admit, even as a great supporter of BTTV, this came as an enormous, yet welcome surprise. I was stealing myself to hear that Sky had won the auction. This makes me wonder whether after a number of major losses, such as Scottish Football, FA Cup and WTA tennis, BT have turned around and are about to begin an aggressive fight for rights in 2020 and beyond. Of course a lot depends on what we discover in four weeks time but this greatly encourages me going forward.

BT reportedly are to update their hardware in early 2020 so the technical advances haven't stopped yet.

Don’t worry, after re-nationalisation they’ll have the rights to everything. Wink
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Hatton Cross3,318 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
Yes. I was fully expecting a Sky/ITV bid to be parped loudly this morning. But no. BT retain, and anything that means less Clive Tyldsley coming out of my tv's speakers is great news.
So well done BT. Please put up my sports subscription by more than the RPI each year, by way of congratulations.
(#scarcasm)

One wonders if they had lost the UEFA European Club competiton rights completly, what would have happened.
At least the closure of one of the BT Sport channels?
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DVB Cornwall8,526 posts since 4 Dec 2003
Westcountry Spotlight
I've been scanning the list of rights coming up for auction next year, the big football package will be at the end of the year, when the UEFA Nations League 2023, Euro 2024 Qualifiers and 2026 World Cup Qualifiers will be up for auction by UEFA/FIFA.

The interesting one that Sky might go in for is English Domestic Club Rugby from 2021-2 onwards, BT's tenure ends in the Spring of 2021, so that'll hit the auction block next year.

BT's Ligue 1 and Bundesliga rights are available too from 2021, Premier might bid but these are useful for BT. Premier's Serie-A rights also expire in the same timeframe.

BT's Moto GP rights have another couple of seasons to run, I'm wondering when these become available whether Sky might want these to expand their F1 channel into a full Motorsport service.

Cycling has a couple of interesting events expiring on Eurosport after next year, La Vuelta and the Giro d'Italia rights expire, I'd reallty be surprised if Eurosport don't renew these as a matter of course, especially now that Sky are no longer in the game.

Cricket, Tennis and Golf are already signed into the middle of the next decade with Sky, AZPV and Eurosport.

A less than frantic year, but some interesting contests to observe.